Cayman Brac extends their airport in 2015…
The Cayman Islands is now offering travellers the choice of 2 international airports. This is down to the extension and renovation of Charles Kirkconnel International Airport on Cayman Brac which to date is now catering to direct flights from Miami.
The airport now has an extended arrivals hall, a new departure lounge which provides the airport with an additional gate and new state-of-the-art baggage screening equipment.
The official opening was attended by several distinguished guests including Cayman Islands Premier, Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism, Hon. Moses Kirkconnell, and members of Capt. Charles Kirkconnell’s family.
“The enhancements to this airport represent an important step forward in this government’s policy to provide solutions that will increase tourism and stimulate the economy, particularly in the Sister Islands,” stated Minister Kirkconnell. “As a result of this redevelopment, for the very first time since 9/11, international commercial flights can now fly directly to and from Cayman Brac, which is a fundamental change that allows us to significantly broaden our horizons. Our national airline Cayman Airways is already in the process of introducing new flights to/from the USA and other international destinations, and we look forward to launching these services as early as June 2015.”
The airport extension has allowed larger planes to travel to Cayman Brac from October 2014.
A 30-seat Embraer 120 aircraft, which will be in use by Cayman Airways Limited completed its inaugural flight between Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac Wednesday 15 October 2014.
Welcome to Cayman Brac
Columbus’s little piece of paradise. The second largest of the three Cayman Islands, Cayman Brac – or ‘the Brac’ – has the most varied and dramatic terrain. It has a population of approximately 1,800 people, with a surface area of 15 square miles (39 square kilometres); it is approximately 12 miles (19.31 kilometres) long by 1.5 miles (2.41 kilometres) wide. It has a striking limestone cliff or bluff (‘Brac’ is Gaelic for ‘Bluff’) running through its centre, rising to 140 feet (42.67 metres) above sea level. It was the prominence of this bluff that allowed Cayman Brac to be the first of the Cayman Islands sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1503. A park, memorial and monuments are dedicated to Columbus (North Cayman Brac). (Source: Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce 2012)
Renowned for its stunning nature reserves, local flora and fauna, diverse bird life (the island is a haven for many species of birds) and spectacular terrain, Cayman Brac is dubbed ‘an eco-tourist’s dream’ and is ideal for those seeking something a little different. This peaceful gem of a hideaway attracts divers and snorkelers, rock climbers, sports fishermen, bird watchers and those just looking to unwind and get away from it all.
Faith Hospital Cayman Brac
Faith Hospital Cayman Brac is a 18 bed hospital which serves the community of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, it is a fully equipped hospital with state of the art modern equipment, not your typical Caribbean hospital.
The hospital provides primary, secondary and emergency care and is staffed by highly experienced, trained and caring nurses, physicians, support services, administrative services and clerical personnel.
The hospital has its own operating theatre with a recovery room, a modern delivery suite, accident and emergency department, public health department. The hospital also provides radiology and laboratory services. It holds a digital imaging system which means x-rays and scans can be taken at the hospital and sent electronically to Grand Cayman in real time, where radiologists can immediately examine them. In past years X-Rays had to be sent by plane to Grand Cayman which meant results could take a week or two.
The professional staff at Faith Hospital help patients with every aspect of care including:
Hospital and medical appointments
Physician Referral Service
Emergency arrangements, such as air ambulance
Explanation of hospital policies and procedures
Help in a crisis situation